Listen…Do you hear that?

It is quiet at my house right now.  This week the kids are both at an overnight basketball camp up north and for the first time since 1997, Chip and I are alone. Now before you let your mind go wandering to those carefree, childless days of early wedded bliss, here is the list of things we have done, thus far, without kids:1. eaten a meal without interruption or to referee an argument.2. watch CNN under the same parameters.3. sleep…

Degeneration

I am not sure that is even a real word but I heard it this week and not in a good context. As you may remember, I had knee surgery on July 5th to correct a problem with my meniscus and patella tendon. It has been really slow to get back and I miss Zumba and my other gym classes. It's more than just the class, it's friendships and camaraderie, the music and moving and laughing at myself.  I really…

OMG….I am my mother

(Food heals, Part II) Honest to God....My mother walks into my kitchen this morning with a package of chocolate chip cookies from a local grocer.  She asks me if I want them for the kids.  I ask her in return why she has them and she says, no lie, "I bought them for the garbage man who always taken my cans up to the back for me. He was not here today and I did not want to leave them…

Food Heals

This week I had an appointment with my gynecologist.  I know it sounds odd but I "love him" and his nurse.  They are the best and have helped me through some scary "female issues".  On "that" September 11th, I was supposed to be at a meeting in NYC, downtown and the partner cancelled it and rescheduled until that Thursday.  So I was home when the planes hit those two beautiful buildings and killed all those people.  My gynecologist and his nurse called…

Malocchio Part II

When I last posted, it was the evening before we left for vacation. Yes, all those crazy things happened that day while trying to pack  4 people, Izzy and all the fun that goes with leaving for a period of time.  We had a super week at the lake.  Boating, swimming, late night campfires and s'mores. It was spectacular.On Saturday morning we were packed and ready to load the car.  We put all the packed bags in the living room and…